Vodacom Nashua Yamaha Team Goes To AA Kyalami With Work To Do The Vodacom Nashua Yamaha Racing Team will be in no mood to take prisoners at AA Kyalami next Saturday (July 21), during Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2001 Dark Dog Superbike ...
Vodacom Nashua Yamaha Team Goes To AA Kyalami With Work To Do
The Vodacom Nashua Yamaha Racing Team will be in no mood to take prisoners at AA Kyalami next Saturday (July 21), during Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2001 Dark Dog Superbike Championship.
The equip will go to AA Kyalami with riders Russell Wood, Lance Isaacs and Arushen Moodley respectively second, third and fifth in this year's most prestigious South African two-wheeler title chase.
Leading the championship on 126 points is Honda's Greg Dreyer, versus the respective point scores of 116, 103 and 75 by Wood, Isaacs and Moodley.
"That is not good enough," said Vodacom Nashua Yamaha Racing Team captain Russell Wood this week. "Our main objective this year is to win the South African Superbike Championship overall." "Trailing the title leader by ten points before the season's halfway mark is no way to achieve that - we have work to do".
"I am going to AA Kyalami to win, and no other result will be good enough," the multiple former South African Champion added.
One of Wood's main challengers next weekend will be Vodacom Nashua Yamaha team mate Lance Isaacs. Riding impeccably, Isaacs won the last three races of the year, being dubbed the "Find of the Season" and the emerging title favourite in the process.
"Naturally, I was delighted with Lance's performances - it proved that Vodacom's faith in his abilities has been justified all along."
"By the same token, Arushen has been riding extremely well this year - it is not easy for any team to occupy three of the five top championship placings in the ultra-competitive Dark Dog Superbike jungle," Wood said.
He stressed that there will be no team orders in the Vodacom Nashua Yamaha camp. "If I want to win, I have to beat the best of the rest - so much the better if the best of the rest happens to be one of my team mates."
"On the other hand, if Lance or Arushen want to win at AA Kyalami, they will have to beat me first,' he added.
Both Isaacs and Moodley said that they will approach the AA Kyalami races with "carefull optimism".
"Winning both races at the recent East London round was great, but I have no illusions about the difficulty of doing it again," Isaacs said.
"I managed to break away from the main pack at the start both times, which will not be as simple at AA Kyalami, with the first corner just more than 100 metres from the startline."
"I can just try my best and if I have to get beaten, I hope it is by either Russell or Arushen," he added.
Wood welcomed the fact that Dark Dog Superbike teams will be able to test for the July 21 races at AA Kyalami from Thursday, July 19.
"It gives everybody a better chance to deal with possible problems and set their motorcycles up to their best ability."
"The Vodacom Nashua Yamaha Racing Team will utilise every minute of track time - like I said, we have work to do," Wood concluded.